Joe Glisson, who has been New Times' political cartoonist for 25 years, is celebrating with a new retrospective book, Seems Like Old Times. "I had done the first book [1986's Dome Sweet Dome] a number of years ago, and I thought that I would like to have a companion to it," he says. "And this is the 25th year that I've been doing this, so I thought it was an appropriate time to do a retrospective. I don't know if anybody else feels that way, but I wanted to do it." Read more from Glisson in a Q&A posted at

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In an article published Jan. 26, LA Weekly's Matthew Fleisher called into question whether the Navajo memoirist Nasdijj is actually Timothy Barrus, a writer of gay pornographic fiction. The allegations come soon after similar stories about memoirist James Frey and novelist J.T. Leroy. Nasdijj is the author of Geronimo's Bones, The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams, and The Boy and the Dog Are Sleeping, which won a PEN/Beyond Margins award for racial and ethnic diversity.

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San Diego Reader senior editor Judith Moore's book, "Fat Girl," got the full-page treatment in last week's New York Times Book Review. Jane Stern writes that Moore's book "just might be the Stonewall for a slew of oversize people who do not fit the template of what every ostensible expert on beauty, health and nutrition tells us we should strive to be," and judges it "brilliant and angry and unsettling."

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Chicago Reader staff writer Steve Bogira's book, "Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse," was published this month by Alfred A. Knopf. By detailing the happenings at Chicago's Cook County Criminal Courthouse over the course of one calendar year, the book shows how the war on drugs is overloading the justice system and threatening the integrity of due process. A review in The Economist calls it "a brilliant piece of journalism and a genuine eye-opener" that "provides the context, both locally and nationally, for understanding what is going on."

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Amy Fisher, best known as the Long Island teenager who shot her lover's wife in the face, appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Sept. 27 to discuss her new autobiography, If I Knew Then… The book is co-authored by Robbie Woliver, editor-in-chief of AAN member paper Long Island Press, where Fisher is a columnist. During the interview, Oprah asked Fisher what she's learned as a result of her ordeal. "Obviously, it's not nice to shoot people," Fisher replied, laughing. "I'm more self-reflective. I learned to be more compassionate."

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Freelance journalist Becky Oberg wanted to expand her reportage for NUVO, an Indianapolis alt-weekly, into a book. Carlo DeVito, publisher of Chamberlain Bros., a Penguin imprint, was looking for new projects. Despite the fact that Oberg was, in her words, "an unknown, unagented, first-time author," DeVito called her and asked if she'd turn her story about an Army private's desertion to Canada via an "underground railroad" into a book. Why was a publisher scouring alt-weeklies for book ideas? Says DeVito: "We're always looking for a good story and a new point of view, and that's what a lot of these papers express."

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It began innocently enough. Nashville Scene editor Bruce Dobie ran a generally positive review of Warren St. John's new book on football fans. St. John, in town for a book tour, read the review, but it was the caption under his photograph -- "Warren St. John uses race in the worst kind of way: to make himself look honorable" -- that caught his attention. The New York Times writer called Dobie to complain. He called again (and again and again). Finally, he wrote a piece for Slate in which he trashed Dobie, the paper and the reviewer. Dobie responds with an open letter to St. John: "You really are capable of offering only part of the truth, the part that burnishes your own image of yourself."

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Jerry Saltz knows it hurts to be criticized, but, he tells, "If all criticism is enthusiastic it sells the art world short." He remembers after he wrote his first piece for the Voice, on Kara Walker's "painful, uneven show" at Wooster Gardens in 1998, he was terrified he'd be fired. A collection of his Village Voice reviews and essays, "Seeing Out Loud," has been published by The Figures press.

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Between being an alt-weekly columnist and writing her novel, "The Big Love," Sarah Dunn worked as a Hollywood sitcom writer. Her novel is about an alt-newsweekly columnist who struggles to come to terms with her evangelical Christian background after her boyfriend abandons her. "Dunn stresses that many of the quirky and salacious character details came straight from her imagination, and not from her actual experiences at CP," Philadelphia City Paper's Arts & Books Editor Lori Hill writes.

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